The one thing you’ll always hear diehard readers talk about is where they read. The answer is pretty much everywhere and every chance they get. First thing in the morning, last thing at night and every spare minute they get in between. Any job I’ve worked at, the readaholics would eat their lunch with one hand and read a book with the other. Lunchtime reading was always my favorite part of the workday. It seems a natural progression for authors to get together to form Lunch Hour Love Stories. I caught up with New York Times Bestselling Author Teresa Medeiros to find out more about it.
BV: What made you come up with the idea of Lunch Hour Love Stories?
TM: Several friends and I were chatting on an author loop about the fun trend of Japanese “novelettes” deliberately crafted to be read on a smartphone or e-reader in an hour or so. We decided that would be an ideal format for romance shorts and Lunch Hour Love Stories was born! We get to flex our creative muscles while providing our readers with some fresh new stories to enjoy between our major book releases. We all have substantial fan bases and the idea of being able to combine our marketing muscle in a sort of “promo co-op” was very appealing. We also want to brand Lunch Hour Love Stories as the site where readers can go to discover quality romance shorts by some of their favorite authors.
BV: What exactly are Lunch Hour Love Stories?
TM: “Lunch Hour Love Stories” are brand new original romantic shorts, historical, contemporary and paranormal, between 10,000-20,000 words that will retail for $1.99. We do have a lovely selection of previously published novellas and shorts by our members in our archived or “Recent Stories” section, but our Home Page will always feature brand new shorts. The stories can be downloaded from all of the major e-tailers for the Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Apple, etc. They’re the perfect length for reading during lunch time, waiting rooms, or between soccer games. There’s no telling what you’ll find when you visit. You might discover your favorite author has finally given one of their beloved secondary characters their own story!
BV: Who’s all involved in your project?
TM: We have a core group of “founding authors” that includes Victoria Alexander, Susan Andersen, Elizabeth Bevarly, Connie Brockway, Christina Dodd, Suzanne Enoch, Barbara Freethy, Karen Hawkins, Candice Hern, Stephanie Laurens, Susan Kay Law, Julia London, Emily March, me (Teresa Medeiros), Barbara Samuel, Christie Ridgway and Barbara O’Neal. We’ll also be featuring an impressive roster of “guest authors” in the months to come. During our debut, we have brand new offerings from Suzanne Enoch, Karen Hawkins, Christie Ridgway and Judith Arnold.
BV: What’s been the reaction from the readers?
TM: So far the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive! When we went “live” last Thursday by promoting the website on Facebook, Twitter and through our individual newsletters, the sales of the featured books soared, as was evidenced by their sales rankings at various e-tailers. But far more important to us is that we’re already hearing from readers who are loving the stories. Our ultimate goal will always be to produce and promote QUALITY fiction.
BV: Will you be adding other authors?
TM: We’ll be providing our readers with a wide variety of guest authors, along with exciting new projects from our founding members. We’re already booked well into the future so we’ll have to see where we go from there. We’re not a publisher. Each individual author is responsible for the editing, formatting, cover design and uploading of the new content so we won’t be taking “submissions” at this time.
Bottom Line: Now there’s even more reasons to have a quickie.